A rough and tough detective is begrudgingly partnered with the first detective of alien refugees, and they follow the trail of his previous partner's death.
Does not stand the test of time at all. The cop-buddy thing has been done to death since then and probably soils a more recent re-watch of this movie.
See also / continues with Alien Nation (1989-1990) television show[doesn't exist]
I have fond memories of the series which came after this, and if I like the re-watch then this might get bumped up to mandatory viewing as a lead-in.
It's the cars that kill it for me. It's unavoidable that a cop flick gets dated because of such things. Every one that comes to mind suffers the same tint.
This has an interesting concept with a good story. I can see why a series would spin off of it. The late 1980s were all about aliens.
Everything else about the story is fine. I see no problems with writing, acting or even effects. Even looking back now, things don't seem cheesy at all. This isn't a B-movie, it's just old.